Checklist for Floor Plans

Home Owner Builder Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

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• Title the drawing, note its scale, and indicate north (or reference direction).

• Draw all doors and direction of operation (swings, folding, etc.).

• Draw all windows to scale and show mullions.

• Number and symbol-code all doors and windows.

• Check door swings and window operations for possible conflicts with other elements and views.

• Number or name all rooms/spaces.

• Show stairways and include an arrow to indicate "up" or "down" from that floor level. Call out the number of risers and treads and cross-reference if a detailed drawing is made of the stairs elsewhere.

• Draw dash lines for major soffits or openings above and call them out in a note, including attic and other access panels.

• Draw dash lines for wheelchair access circles to show compliance with ADA standards (where applicable).

• Draw handrails, guardrails, and half-height walls and call out with a note, where necessary.

• Pouche walls and reference to a wall type legend.

• Draw in fixed cabinets, shelves, plumbing fixtures, and other built-in items.


• Note any floor level changes, slopes, and ramps.

• Call out floor drains where applicable.

• Cross-reference the floor plan with section and elevation symbols for information about the building structure, walls, ceilings, floors, and built-in items such as cabinetry.

• Label major components such as fireplaces, bookcases, built-in furniture, refrigerators, dishwashers, compactors, furnaces, and water heaters.

• Call out miscellaneous items such as medicine cabinets, drinking fountains, and other built-in items. Include here or reference to another drawing information and locations of towel dispensers, soap dispensers, waste containers, electric hand dryers, mirrors, and towel bars.

• Label shelves and rod in closets.

• Note ceiling heights here (small projects) or on the reflected ceiling plan (larger projects).


• Dimension all wall locations, and place a general note indicating whether the dimensions are to face of a wall, centerline, or other surface (such as face of a stud, concrete, etc.).

• Dimension walls and other items to structural components such as columns or existing walls.

• Give the angle in degrees of walls that are not placed ninety degrees to one another and supply exact reference points where these walls start and end.

• Give radius or diameter of all circular elements, such as curved walls, openings, curved handrails, etc.

• Dimension all horizontal openings, partitions, and general cabinetry.

• Locate all stairs and dimension properly. See Chapter 9 for stair details and dimension standards.

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